Search for BC Murder Suspects Ends with discovery of two bodies in Northern Manitoba

John Crawford

[RCMP PHOTOS:   Bryer Schmegelsky, Kam McLeod]

The search for two BC murder suspects has ended with the discovery of two bodies in northern Manitoba this morning.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy made the announcement at a news conference this afternoon in Winnipeg.

She said the break in the search came Friday, when a critical piece of evidence was found.

"Items directly linked to the suspects were located on the shoreline of the Nelson River -- following this discovery, we were at last able to narrow down the search; we immediately sent in specialized RCMP teams to begin searching nearby high-probability areas; this morning at approximately 10am, RCMP officers located two male bodies, in the dense brush within one kilometre from where the items were found," she said.

[PHOTO:  RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy]

MacLatchy says police are confident the bodies are those of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni, although an autopsy will be required to confirm their identities.

The two were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck of Vancouver, whose body was found last month at a roadside pullout along Highway 37, south of Dease Lake.

They were also suspects in the shooting deaths of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler a few days earlier.
[PHOTOS:    Leonard Dyck;  Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler]

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